2010 All-NFC East Team
- Quarterback: Michael Vick (PHI)
This is a no-brainer. Vick’s ability to spin the football and beat defenses with his legs makes him the most dangerously versatile quarterback in the NFL in years.
- Running Back: LeSean McCoy (PHI)
McCoy isn’t your “prototypical” running back (whatever that means), but his 78 receptions were huge for the Eagles’ offense. He’s also quite underrated in pass protection.
- Wide Receiver: Hakeem Nicks (NYG)
Before the season, Giants fans claimed Nicks compared favorably to Miles Austin. I disagreed, but now there is certainly room for debate.
- Wide Receiver: DeSean Jackson (PHI)
Jackson is a big-play threat so he has the potential to put up “duds” if he doesn’t catch a deep pass. He also has the ability to absolutely demolish your defense with 204 yards on four receptions.
- Wide Receiver: Miles Austin (DAL)
Despite a general consensus that Austin had a down year, he still racked up over 1,000 yards and seven touchdowns. The only other receiver worth mentioning here would be Jeremy Maclin, although Dez Bryant will soon join this list.
- Tight End: Jason Witten (DAL)
Witten’s league-leading stats returned once Dez Bryant went down, but he also improved as a blocker as the season progressed. He still has a couple great years left in him.
- Offensive Tackle: Doug Free (DAL)
Jerry Jones probably missed on Alan Ball at free safety, but he hit on Free at left tackle. Free’s quickness and athleticism are perfect for an evolving Cowboys offense.
- Offensive Tackle: David Diehl (NYG)
Diehl played in only 12 games, but he was far superior than the overrated Jason Peters.
- Guard: Chris Snee (NYG)
Snee is by far the best guard in this division, and he has been for years.
- Guard: Max Jean-Gilles (PHI)
Jean-Gilles struggled in the early part of his career but has come on of late. He benefited here from playing in a division weak on guards.
- Center: Andre Gurode (DAL)
Gurode wins this spot by default because the Eagles and Redskins have sub-par centers and the Giants’ Shaun O’Hara played in only six games.
- Defensive Tackle: Barry Cofield (NYG)
54 tackles is a lot from the defensive tackle position, but Cofield’s presence also allows the defensive ends outside to rush upfield.
- Defensive Tackle: Jay Ratliff (DAL)
It was certainly a down year for Ratliff, but he was still an above-average player. Plus, who else is going to go here? Albert Haynesworth?
- Defensive End: Trent Cole (PHI)
In my opinion, Cole is one of the most underrated players in the entire NFL. He’s consistently a terror in the passing game, but he’s equally stout against the run.
- Defensive End: Justin Tuck (NYG)
While teammate Osi Umenyiora is a pass-rush specialist, Tuck racked up 30 more tackles and the same number of sacks by being a complete player.
- Outside Linebacker: DeMarcus Ware (DAL)
The NFL’s sack leader (15.5) had a “quiet” season. How is that for dominance?
- Outside Linebacker: Brian Orakpo (WSH)
Although Orakpo took a bit of a step back from his rookie season, he still totaled 8.5 sacks and 56 tackles.
- Middle Linebacker: London Fletcher (WSH)
Every season, it seems like Fletcher’s play must drop. The 35-year old racked up 136 tackles in 2010, though, ranking seventh in the NFL.
- Cornerback: DeAngelo Hall (WSH)
I still think Hall is overrated, but overrated doesn’t always equate to being a poor player. Hall’s interceptions weren’t a fluke in 2010–he really did cover quite well.
- Cornerback: Terrell Thomas (NYG)
Thomas is truly incredibly underrated. He picked off five passes this year and made a ridiculous 101 tackles at cornerback.
- Safety: Antrel Rolle (NYG)
I’m not incredibly high on Rolle, but there simply aren’t that many great safeties in this division.
- Safety: Quintin Mikell (PHI)
LaRon Landry is also an option here, but Mikell tallied more tackles and interceptions (albeit in more games).
- Kicker: David Akers (PHI)
Who did you expect to see, David Buehler?
- Punter: Mat McBriar (DAL)
McBriar’s net punt average of 41.7 is a career-high.
- Returner: DeSean Jackson (PHI)
Jackson’s explosion makes him one of the elite return men in the NFL.